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ACCC seeks comment on Telstra's NBN migration plan

Telstra needs the ACCC’s approval due to not having “fully effective processes” when the telco lodged the migration plan, according to the ACCC.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is seeking comment on Telstra’s plans to migrate customers from its HFC and copper networks to the National Broadband Network (NBN).

The ACCC is looking for public comment on four of the measures Telstra has developed relating to the telco's NBN migration, including security measures around it receiving information from NBN Co’s to ensure it does not obtain an unfair advantage from information it receives from NBN Co.

Other measures in the discussion paper (PDF) relate to Telstra switching off its HFC and copper networks once an area is NBN-ready and situations where the telco will build copper paths to provide services which are not yet available on the NBN or do not have an NBN-comparable service. For example, ISDN services.

Telstra needs the ACCC’s approval due to not having “fully effective processes” when the telco lodged the migration plan, according to the ACCC.

NBN Co is paying Telstra $11 billion to use Telstra’s exchanges, dark fibre, ducts, lead-in-conduits and for the telco to migrate customers on its copper and HFC network to the NBN once it is available. Telstra filed a migration plan with the ACCC in August 2011 and lodged a draft response in October 2012 to required measures 2, 3, 4 and 6 that the ACCC is currently seeking comment on.

Submissions for comment close 14 December, 2012.

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